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Is It Legal to Bet on The Super Bowl Online From Pennsylvania?

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Published on:
Jan/31/2018

While only one U.S. state (Washington State) strictly prohibits residents from placing wagers via the Internet, there is still a myriad of information one should be aware of prior to placing a Super Bowl bet from within the state of Pennsylvania.  Scroll Down For More

Pennsylvania is one of four states that has passed legislation allowing online casino and poker with businesses based in the state.  This does not apply to sports betting yet.  Therefore, those living in the Keystone State will want to place their bets with international online bookmakers, none of which will ever ask for your full social security number.

Bets will be placed amongst friends at parties, amongst co-workers, and - yes - even in High Schools and Colleges across America.  Online gambling sites at least have protective mechanisms in place to prevent those under the age of 18 from opening an online wagering account.  If not for folks betting on the big game, it would probably have half the viewership.  It's no secret Super Bowl weekend is the busiest of the year in Las Vegas and all the sportsbooks make a killing there.

When betting online from PA, it is important to do so with sites such as those endorsed by Gambling911.com and other well established industry monitoring websites.  These companies will not be obligated to report tax information to your state or federal government, though Gambling911.com strongly encourages you to do so.

It should be noted that some credit card-issuing banks prohibit gambling so do not be scared if your credit card happens to be declined when attempting to open an online wagering account (it does not mean you were late paying or that your card has been compromised).  Most online gambling websites offer live chat online or via the phone to guide you through the process.  Today, the use of cryptocurrency wallets (i.e. Bitcoin) linked to your personal bank account has made placing a deposit and requesting a withdrawal nearly seamless.  Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are easily converted into U.S. dollars for the same amount you are trying to send and receive with only a small fluctuation in price either way possible (similar to the currency exchange rate you experience when traveling overseas).  Again, most Web gambling firms have invested heavily in hiring professionals who can guide you through the process.

The state of Pennsylvania makes Aggravated Gambling a midemeanor.  These laws pertain to professional gambling syndicates.  

When it comes to bookmaking in the state of PA, the use of Pay Per Head businesses has helped reduce much of the exposures that have gotten bookies in trouble in the past.  These include the use of wire rooms, betting receipts and the actual acceptance of wagers.  Today, everything is handled via outsourcing.  The world's second oldest professional now primarily entails marketing, a little bit of customer service and ensuring all clients are paid in a timely matter.  They are essentially super affiliates, capable of making signficant more money than in the past thanks to the ability to offer such features as LIVE IN-PLAY WAGERING and a live dealer online casino.  Cryptocurrencies remove that last remaining exposure - overseeing payments - as bookies and agents no longer have to physically pay their customers from within the state of Georgia. 

While it may be tempting, a bookmaker operating from Philadelphia should never directly accept bets from someone living in the neighboring state of New Jersey as this presents additional problems beyond individual state laws and into the realm of federal violations.

- Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com

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